Manifest for digital literacy and accessibility
Whoever loses one sense heightens the others: HearColors refers to this characteristic of people with disabilities and the potential in them to adapt to a reality that does not take them into account.
The web is one of the most democratic toos that exist. It has the ability to radically change people’s quality of life, particularly those with disabilities, elderly persons and people with low education levels. People with a visual or motor impairment shop online, those with intellectual disabilities study at their own pace, users with hearing problems find digital content adapted to their needs, elderly persons are entertained on the web. However, in Mexico the most vulnerable groups do not have access to the wide range of possibilities offered by the web.
In Mexico there are 70 million people who use the internet. However, 16 million Mexicans with disabilities and elderly persons have difficulty using a tool that can help overcome geographical, cultural, demographic, economic and disability barriers.
La tecnología puede de esta manera reducir o ampliar la brecha digital, fomentar la inclusión o, por el contrario, dejar fuera a grupos numerosos. Therefore, people responsible for creating and managing technology should strive to generate inclusion and improve people’s quality life through the creation of accessible and easy to navigate sites.
Furthermore, an integral work must be carried out in order to literate in the digital field the most vulnerable and ensure they have the tools to make more efficient use of web sites.
HearColors commitment is to:
- Educate people with disabilities, elderly persons and people with low education, so they can identify the basic characteristics of the web and provide them access to the digital world.
- Train people with disabilities, the use of technological tools that can help them have a more productive relationship with the web.
- Raise awareness among governments, businesses and civil society on the importance of meeting basic accessibility standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
- Support website creators to ease in the development, design and management of content using accessible systems.
- Guarantee that the content and online services are easy to find and navigate according to the best practices of web design and development.
- Train programmers and web designers to develop accessible content without affecting creativity and sites appearance.
- Provide tools for content creators, so they can evaluate and provide easier, faster and inexpensively accessible sites.
- Recognize the efforts of governments, businesses and civil society organizations that seek to improve their websites accessibility.
- Include people with disabilities, elderly persons and people with low education in the design and testing of accessible web pages.
- Gather the best international practices to harness information technology potential and contribute to improve services to citizens.